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  1. Mr

    Unfortunately (for you), that doesn't matter. Once the pitch hits the bat, it's a batted ball.
  2. From the OP: I don't know LL: rules, so I won't opine on the timing -- but I generally trust the previous posters on LL stuff like this.
  3. Agreed -- I think that's what the OP ruled and was just looking for support.
  4. Mr

    I read the play as "batter turns away from high-inside pitch. The pitch may have nicked the bat. The umpire originally decides it did not, so awards the batter first on ball four. After a discussion with the defensive coach, the umpire changes his mind and judges that the pitch did nick the bat, went sharply and directly to the catcher's mitt, and was caught. The umpire changes his ruling to "foul tip, strike 3, batter out." Assuming that's a reasonable description of the play, then, yes, the umpire can change his mind on the call -- whether he should, or not, is a different matter (I would wonder why he didn't call it that way in the first place, for example).
  5. Other codes (NCAA, for example) have a restriction on the number of players who can do this, and the location -- but not a restriction on the practice itself
  6. There's an element of "reasonable distance" inherent in the abandonment clause. Interpretation by Evans would say that the OP does NOT meet this standard (other paragraphs deal with the BR and runners between first and third): A runner who leaves 3rd base for any reason is not out until he enters a dugout when no play is being made on him. He shall be declared out for abandoning the base paths if a play is being made on him and (1) he is not making a bona fide effort to reach home plate or return to 3rd; or (2) he runs more than three feet out of his direct line to avoid a tag.
  7. No. The options are score the run (which is right by rule), or because it was a kids game and taking the OP at face value that everyone was confused, use good game management and put everyone back.
  8. The rule you want to cite (not site) is 6.03(a)(3): (3) He interferes with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by stepping out of the batter’s box or making any other movement that hinders the catcher’s play at home base
  9. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/official_rules.jsp (c) (8.02) Pitching Prohibitions The pitcher shall not: (1) While in the 18-foot circle surrounding the pitcher’s plate, touch the ball after touching his mouth or lips, or touch his mouth or lips while he is in contact with the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher must clearly wipe the fingers of his pitching hand dry before touching the ball or the pitcher’s plate. EXCEPTION: Provided it is agreed to by both managers, the umpire prior to the start of a game played in cold weather, may permit the pitcher to blow on his hand. PENALTY: For violation of this part of this rule the umpires shall immediately remove the ball from play and issue a warning to the pitcher. Any subsequent violation shall be called a ball. However, if the pitch is made and a batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a hit batsman or otherwise, and no other runner is put out before advancing at least one base, the play shall proceed without reference to
  10. When the "going to the mouth" interp came out, FED had an interp that "going to the hat" was also a balk. Fed changed the latter, but didn't change the former. Either they need to change the rationale for "going to the mouth" or they need to change the result.
  11. Sometimes (often) very good umpires have habits / mechanics that we would never teach to a newer umpire. Or, if an umpire were struggling, the suggestion might be to change the habit / mechanic. But, if an umpire gets the calls right, the coaches / players / supervisors don't care if he stands on his head and calls the pitch before it leaves the pitcher's hand.
  12. Yes, the ball is dead. It's also foul.
  13. I would use some quotes from J/R or Evans or Wendelstadt or whoever that show that "when a batter is hit by a batted ball in the box it's a foul ball, even if the contact occurs in fair territory" to show that THIS rule is the exception, and, thus, "a ball on the ground in the box" is NOT the exception.
  14. Of course not. No. And, just in an attempt to forestall some additional questions, it's not a catch if the ball is on (or in) a detached glove belonging to F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6 or F9. Or a player or catch in the bullpen. Or one belonging to a member of the offensive team.
  15. Okay: "F8 dives for a ball, gloves it, rolls over and during that process loses control of the ball. But instead of the ball falling to the ground, it pops up in the air and F8 regloves it and maintains control up through voluntary releases when he tosses it into the infield." Now what? (Oh -- the play you describe is a catch. No reasonable umpire will have a problem with the play.)